Page Turners is an annual, themed, book award for teenagers and young adults in the South East of England.
Launched in 2006 we now have over fifteen secondary schools who participate.
Together we represent over 10,000 students and have almost 400 young people in our respective book groups.Each year we choose a different theme for the awards before picking our 10 shortlisted books.
Through peer recommendation, we want to encourage young people to read books which they might not otherwise pick.
The books are divided into two categories – Teen and Young Adult – and we always hope to find the next bestseller but do cater for all ages, sizes, and tastes.
In summer 2020 we relaunched the award as the Page Turners Book Award, replacing the South East Schools Themed Book Award with a new name for a new decade.
Our reading cycle starts in September and culminates in an awards gala evening, with guest authors, in March each year, hosted at Kent College, Pembury, where our winning books are revealed live.

The Page Turners Schools

Beechwood Sacred Heart is a happy and successful co-educational day and boarding school in Tunbridge Wells that helps pupils develop into confident, articulate, compassionate and independent young men and women within a caring and supportive Catholic Christian community. Beechwood is a fun, vibrant, welcoming, and exciting place to learn where pupils develop both academically and personally. We have been part of SESTBA since 2011.
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School is an all ability co-educational academy in Tunbridge Wells which caters for students from age 11 to 18. We are a Church of England School, academically highly successful, and we also set great store by the development of character and values.
Cranbrook School is a selective state boarding school comprising two thirds local day students and one third boarders. One of the school’s learning priorities is the promotion of reading for pleasure and students have participated in the South East Schools Themed Book Award since its inception in 2006.
The Hayesbrook School is an 11-18 boys (mixed sixth form) Academy with sports and mathematics specialisms. We are a genuinely wide ability school and serve the communities of Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Kings Hill and the surrounding areas.
Hillview School for Girls is an 11-18 all-ability academy for girls located in Tonbridge, Kent, with a thriving mixed Sixth Form. It is one of the highest achieving non-selective girls’ schools in Kent. Hillview is a creative and inclusive school with dynamic specialisms in Performing and Visual Arts.
Invicta Grammar School, a popular and outstanding 11–18 selective girls’ school which welcomes boys into the Sixth Form. With 1369 students on roll, including 324 in the Sixth Form, our school is widely recognised as being innovative and highly successful with specialisms in Business, Mathematics, Computing and Languages.
Nurturing aspirations: Inspiring success
Kent College is one of the leading independent schools for girls in Kent. We host the awards ceremony, which is always buzzing with excitement. Our Chatterbooks Club has Day Girls and Boarders, attracted by the challenge of reading books on a theme, participating in fun activities and eating chocolate biscuits.
Mascalls Academy is a mixed comprehensive academy that provides an excellent all-round education in a friendly and supportive environment.
We are a dynamic, forward thinking academy which aims to prepare students for the challenges they will face after school and enable them to acquire life skills, self-awareness and compassion. We want our students to not only make the most of their abilities, but also to become adults who can make a valuable contribution to society over the course of their adult lives.
Sackville is a co-educational, mixed ability Independent school which achieves excellent exam results. Our small class sizes enable us to know each student individually and ensure they are taught in the most effective way for them. We have played an active part in the Book Awards for 10 years and reading for pleasure is fundamental to our approach to literacy.
The Skinners’ Kent Academy is an all ability, non-fee paying independent secondary school in Tunbridge Wells. There are currently c 900 students on roll, with an annual intake of 180 students into Year 7. The Academy has a large library with 10000 resources and a lively reading group.
The Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells is a boys’ selective school with 975 pupils, 253 of whom are in the Sixth Form. The School encourages participation in numerous extra-curricular activities and our involvement in SESTBA over the last five years has endorsed our enthusiasm for ‘reading for pleasure’.
St Gregory’s is an outstanding Catholic school, welcoming of all faiths and none. We have a strong family ethos based on Christian values which helps the young people in our care to succeed, not just academically but as a well-balanced individual. We are among the top schools nationally for progressing students beyond the academic expectations set at the end of primary school. Right across the ability range students are nurtured and challenged to the very best of their abilities.
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School is a selective girls’ school with over 1000 pupils. Forward-looking but embracing traditional values we aim to provide pupils with a full and balanced education for life within a caring environment. Our Library is at the forefront of our ‘reading for pleasure’ drives and four different book groups thrive throughout the year.
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys is a selective community school which strives to equip students for a full and constructive place in society, to help them to be adaptive, to exercise critical judgement and to be prepared for the rapidly changing requirements of the twenty-first century.
Tonbridge Grammar School is a high achieving selective grammar school with academy status, educating girls between the ages of 11 and 16 and girls and boys in the Sixth Form. Through blending the best of a traditional curriculum with the principles and ethos of the IB Organisation, our students have opportunities to learn in breadth and depth in order to develop as well-balanced individuals.
Trinity School in Sevenoaks is an all-ability co-educational Christian School for 11-18 year olds. Every child is encouraged and nurtured to develop to their full potential within Trinity School’s 5 key elements – Truth, Excellence, Love, Leadership and Service.
Uplands Community College in Wadhurst, East Sussex is a state comprehensive with students aged 11-18. Its core purpose is to inspire and nurture confident learners in an ever changing world.
Walthamstow Hall is an independent school for girls aged 3-18 on separate Junior and Senior School sites in Sevenoaks, both within walking distance of the station. Inspiring teaching, an extensive extra-curricular programme, exceptional facilities and a strong sense of community lie at the hear of 180 years of success.
Weald of Kent is a girls' grammar school based in Tonbridge with an Annexe in Sevenoaks. Our ethos values and nurtures individuality not stereotypes. We are a creative, caring school and have been part of the Book Awards since they began in 2006.

Why don’t you join in the fun too?

We would love to welcome other South East secondary schools to our book award!
Pooling our ideas, experience, resources and enthusiasm is a great way to introduce reading for pleasure activities into your school
or take them to the next level.
Click here to contact us if you would like to find out more about how to join in the fun.